Police in Perth have confiscated 320 kilograms of methamphetamine worth $320 million, as well as more than $1 million in cash, in what has been described as WA’s largest ever drugs seizure.
The drugs were seized in a joint operation on Wednesday with the Australian Crime Commission, WA Police Acting Commissioner Gary Dreibergs told Macquarie Radio.
“We’ve got a quantity of methamphetamine being seized in several hundred kilos and certainly over $1 million in cash has been seized in that job,” he said.
Arrest warrants were executed at three residences, in Canning Vale and the Perth CBD.
Two of the properties were on the main roads Adelaide Terrace and Hay Street.
Four Hong Kong nationals, ranging in age from 19 to 26, have been charged over the seizure.
Three of those men are believed to have been in Australia illegally, the fourth was on a visa.
Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan said it was the largest seizure in West Australian history.
“This latest seizure, this largest seizure in Western Australian history, is an example of the dividends that are being paid by the unprecedented cooperation between Commonwealth and state law enforcement,” he said.
This is the third major methamphetamine bust in the state in the past couple of months.
In August, police arrested three men and impounded a yacht off Western Australia’s north-west coast after seizing more than 20 kilograms of methamphetamine from a unit in Perth.
Officers from the Australian Federal Police and Organised Crime Squad seized the drug – also known as ice – and almost $1 million from the Perth unit as part of a National Anti-Gang Squad operation.
They also found 11 guns, including a sawn-off shotgun and a homemade machine gun.
In July, methamphetamine with a street value of $21 million was seized along with $100,000 cash.
Five people from WA, Queensland and New South Wales were charged over the seizure in the northern Perth suburb of Karrinyup.